Miller & Lord Won’t Return For THE LEGO MOVIE 2

Animation director Chris McKay steps up to the central job.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the guys you call when you have a really bad idea for a movie and you want it to be actually very good. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs21 Jump Street and now The Lego Movie are all stupid, bad ideas for movies that turned out to be exceptional. Doing a sequel to 21 Jump Street seems really like a really awful waste of time, so of course Miller & Lord went and directed it, and I expect it to be quite good. And a sequel to The Lego Movie? Sounds horrible! So of course Lord & Miller can...

Oh wait, they're not coming back. That's bad news. The good news is that the sequel is being directed instead by Chris McKay, who was the animation co-director/supervisor on The Lego Movie. He worked very, very closely with Lord & Miller so it's not like he's some outside guy coming in; the film basically had three directors and he was one of them. Also, McKay worked on Robot Chicken and Moral Orel, truly establishing his edgy and fun bona fides. Still, The Lego Movie 2 fills me with immense skepticism.

I saw some weird complaints about the ending of The Lego Movie. Spoilers, if you're one of the few people who haven't seen the film yet: at the end, just as all the Legos are celebrating and happy they are shocked to discover they have company: kiddie-friendly Duplo blocks are invading at the control of the main kid's sister. Some people felt that this was, I swear, anti-female and that it represented a disdain for girl play. It's like they didn't watch the entire preceding movie - I don't think it's a spoiler to assume that the arc of the sequel would be the Legos learning that girls playing with Duplo are just as awesome and fun and correct as anything else. The whole point of the first movie is that your style of play is great, and I can't imagine a sequel where the Legos have to 'defeat' the little sister.